The recent launch of the Italian robotic bartenders has become the talk of the town. Many people have claimed that this would foreshadow the future world. Meanwhile, a question has also arisen; how ready are we to take this disruption? Many answers to this question have revolved around how we can equip Thai children with the necessary skills and get them ready to take the next step.
To carry out child development work in Thailand’s remote areas and ensure that all children have equal access to quality educational opportunities, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has not only provided children with educational necessities but also conducted a range of activities as appropriate contextually to enhance their different skills and allow them to fully realise their potential. For example, WVFT’s Child Sponsorship Programme in Mae Suai Project, Chiang Rai has collaborated with Banhuaynamyen School to support robotics technology skills development for pupils who have special interest and talents in this field through the ‘Robotics Technologies Learning’.
‘The first of September 2015 marked the birth of Banhuaynamyen School’s robotics team. The small squad was set up by Mr Yothin Pongsanit, a teacher. The Robotics Technologies Learning has been conducted to inspire pupils to build different types of robots, get familiar with electronic circuits and design, and computer programming, as well as working with peers as a team. They called the very first robot they made “the Miserable Runner”. Actually, it was named “the Marathon Runner” – a spider-shaped robot’, Mr Jetsada Saehang, Banhuaynamyen School Director, talked about the beginning of the Robotics Technologies Learning and the school’s robotics team.
Thanks to sponsors’ kindness shared to children through the Child Sponsorship Programme and the determination of Mr Sitthichok Saephran, a mentor to the robotics team, who has passed on his knowledge and done everything possible to give children the best training, Banhuaynamyen School’s robotics team has developed more and more expertise in robotics technologies. And to give the robotics team an opportunity to explore the new horizon of robotics world, as well as open up the way for them to exhibit their skills, WVFT has supported different necessities and given the children an opportunity to join the International Robotic Olympiad 2019, held at the Hub, Zeer Rangsit, Pathum Thani province.
The robotics team members from Banhuaynamyen School, Wawi sub-district, Mae Suai district, Chiang Rai province participating in this competition included Kansuda, Kesara, and Sawarin. The girls were accompanied by their mentors, Mr Yothin Pongsanit, Mr Sitthichok Saephran, Mr Ratchanon Wanphen, and Miss Suphalinee Khunkhayan.
Because of their expertise through constant training, Banhuaynamyen School’s robotics team has won Championship and First Runner-up prizes in the International Robotic Olympiad 2019. Banhuaynamyen School’s all-time record-breaking in the ‘Robot Horse Relay Competition’ has caught great public attention at the event and brought pride to pupils’ families, school, and community.
‘The pupils have made a reputation for Thailand by winning the championship at the international robotic competition in Academic Year 2018. I would like to thank everyone for being part that fulfils the dream of a small school on Wawi Hilltop. Thanks to all the obstacles for making us tough. Thanks to all sectors for improving the quality of life of pupils in Wawi Hilltop. And also thanks to robots that have given us a pass to all successes’, Mr Sitthichok expressed his thankfulness on behalf of children.
Robotics technology is another mastery of our sponsored children. World Vision Foundation of Thailand would like to give a big round of applause to commend to Kansuda, Kesara, and Sawarin, Banhuaynamyen School girls who are WVFT’s sponsored children in Mae Suai Project, Chiang Rai province.
‘Thank you to my sponsor and WVFT for the educational support that gives me a better future’, Sawarin, one of the robotics team members, thanked from her heart.